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Immodest proposals: Students offer tips for fellowship success

Amidst the myriad student accomplishments abounding at this year’s Mount David Summit, a panel of five Bates seniors and one ambitious sophomore sought to pay it forward.

Students discuss the challenges and tactics of writing fellowship proposals at the Mount David Summit on March 29, 2013.

The March 29 panel, titled The Research and Writing of Strong Graduate Fellowship Proposals, offered students’ insight into the fellowship application process based on their recent experiences.

The panelists included Spencer Collet ’13 and James LePage ’13, recipients of a Davis Projects for Peace grant using new media training to address the conflict between Israel and Palestine; Daniel Peach ’13, recipient of an honorable mention for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship; Cameron Sheldon ’13 and Destinee Warner ’13, finalists for Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships; and Olivia Krishnaswami ’15, a 2012 recipient of a Davis Project for Peace grant with Natacha Danon ’15, to support women’s economic opportunities in rural India.

Robert Strong, lecturer in English and graduate fellowships adviser, moderated.

Below are eight tips from the panelists:

Warner reassured her fellow students that even if you are not selected for a fellowship, writing a proposal can be valuable preparation for the classroom and the working world.

“The experience of writing any proposal,” she said, “helps to strengthen the ability to conceptualize, write and follow through.”